In 2008, FIRE made the difficult decision to end the collection and distribution of used winter clothing to focus on more sustainable and empowering forms of assistance for the people of Mongolia. The logistics and expenses associated with the clothing project made it unrealistic to maintain.
Over 11 years, FIRE completed seven, two-week clothing distribution trips and shipped 10, 40-foot containers. 46 volunteers handed 76 tons of winter clothing directly into the hands of 65,000 Mongolians. We were moved, beyond words, by the opportunity to assist thousands of people literally on their doorsteps. We cannot thank you enough for the continued support and donations that sustained this project for 11 years.
Each morning a van was loaded with boxes, a translator, volunteers, a driver and a social worker. The social worker would lead us directly to the doors of the families in the most need. We would pull out a few age-appropriate boxes at each home and find clothing that would fit that particular family, leaving about a box worth’s of clothing with them. Then we would load the boxes back into the van and drive to the next family’s home. Additionally, we also went to several orphanages, nursing homes, a soup kitchen and a few other wonderful organizations.
We would like to thank Oyun Sanjaasuren and the Zorig Foundation for their amazing support from the very beginning. This project would never have been possible without you! Please keep up your wonderful work!
We would also like to thank:
Petrovis, Zorig ALTAI, Boojum Expeditions, Eddie Bauer, Flagstaff Middle School Life Skills Class, Hunts Building Supply, Armour Storage, FALA, Mailboxes Plus, Coconino Mini Storage, Horizon Moving Systems, Adventure Discovery Advance House, Patagonia, Flagstaff Goodwill, Cedar Closet, Hodge Podge, Buffalo Exchange, PAW Prints, Twice Nice, Channel 2, KNAU, Daily Sun, Flagstaff Printing Company, Flag LIVE!, Karen Duffy, Anne Walton, Patrick Yowell, Dianne Hasenbank, Thomas Mathias, Peg Swift, Ryan Strong, Suzanne Motsinger, Ken Reid, Erika Andersson, Ben Zack, Tom Motsinger, Nikita Purcell, JD Gertz, Renee Dufresne, Wendy Jorgenson, Laurie Whitlock, Susie Wright, Mary Gavan, David Piearcy, Nick Simpson, Jason Hasenbank, Kate Thompson, Roberta Motter, LuAnn Roberts, Doug Arnett, Joni Haug, Carol Haden, Flannery Clark, Emory Edwards, Robyn Flynn, Penelope Wong, Anne Baker, Sandra Brimm, Deborah Tuck, Ryan Morrissey, Konchog Norbu and so many, many more.
Packing in Flagstaff
Mongolia Ger Districts, 2004-2007
Educational Supply Distribution
1999-2000 Distribution Trips
2005 Distribution Trip
2007 Distribution Trip
Stree Kids in Ulaanbaatar, 1999-2004
2004 Distribution Trip
2006 Distribution Trip